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China Camp State Park

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Address: N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
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+1 415-456-0766
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Located on the grounds of an old Chinese fishing settlement, this park...

Located on the grounds of an old Chinese fishing settlement, this park includes over 1,500 acres of beaches, hiking trails and picnic grounds.

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Hidden Gem, Mountain Biking Destination

China Camp State Park has a lot to offer in the way of beautiful views and activities including hiking, road and mountain biking, fishing, camping, kayaking and picnicking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

China Camp State Park has a lot to offer in the way of beautiful views and activities including hiking, road and mountain biking, fishing, camping, kayaking and picnicking. Situated between Santa Venetia and Peacock Gap in easternmost San Rafael on San Pablo Bay, China Camp is primarily known for its miles of mountain biking trails that wind through the coastal... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We live near there, but still go there occasionally because it is so nice. Easy to get to and not expensive.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

China Camp State Park offers beautiful panoramic views of San Pablo and San Francisco Bays, hiking trails through stands of moss covered Coastal Live Oaks and interaction with local wildlife...all within a bike ride of the of San Rafael. The tidal salt marshes are historical to the Chinese American community who shrimped these waters over 130 years ago. The Mule... More 

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Beverly Hills
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful setting , nature abounds and close to SF and on the bay. We held a family picnic right by the bay- nice to be in the open air , beautiful views and family all around Worth the trip

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Denver, Colorado
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

They didn't bother to pay the utility bill so no hot showers. We learned why there were no showers both from the camp hosts and from a notice they posted on the shower doors after we complained, "Showers closed because no propane". This is my first hand experience as a camper who needed a shower after being on the road... More 

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San Anselmo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Very old Chinese shrimping village. Interesting old processing buildings, one of which houses the museum. A couple of ancient cottages which are still occupied. Long pier. I have done several paintings there. So peaceful and pretty on the Bay. Lots of parking, picnic tables.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Small historic park telling the story of the Chinese shrimping the San Francisco Bay. Pebble beach, old buildings, boats and dock. Great picnic area with views of the water and surrounding hills. Nice day stop for sketching or photography. Saw a few fishermen. Restrooms, paved parking, Fee for parking $5.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

I admittedly know very little about the history behind the name of this place, shameful as it's in my very back yard, so I'm sure I'll bone up on the history. Still, that's never stopped me from venturing here from the city to mountain bike along the bay as well as explore some of the more challenging single track trails... More 

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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

All the views and walks along the bay front are scenic and nice. Nice bit of history there at China Camp itself. The interior hiking trials can be very hot in summer.

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Gilroy, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

With possibly the best beach on the bay, and hiking riding trails this is a spot that attracts folks from Terra Linda and San Rafael.

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